Avera Prince of Peace
David Hanson, class of 2003

This internship was performed at Avera Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls, SD, under the supervision of LaVonne Gaspar, the facility’s administrator. Avera Prince of Peace, a part of the Avera McKennan organization, mainly functions as a nursing home, but also includes sub-acute, assisted-living, independent housing (74 apartments), and dementia sections. The well-rounded internship afforded me the opportunity to take part in all facets of this non-profit health care organization, including the financial and managerial operations, under the guidance of some very friendly and experienced staff members. This internship would be very beneficial to someone whose career goals involve working as an administrator in health care. However, the resources for financial information available at this internship, such as budget information and billing specialists, also cater to the needs of those interns who wish to gain experience working with an organization’s finances. This internship serves its purpose in providing the intern with some valuable on-the-job experience.